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Relatively speaking, August is a fairly benign month in contrast to the first half of the year and the final three months of 2015. I’ll just say it now, I do not like how September and October look. No one likes reading that we’re still in for some astrological intensity, and I don’t especially like writing it either, but that is the way it is for the rest of this year and for the next two years, actually. Growing pains. While not everything is peaches and cream this month, it does offer up many bright spots to be used to our advantage, and to restore and rejuvenate our beleaguered spirits.
First things first, Saturn turned direct in Scorpio on Sunday, August 2. It was not a comfortable feeling, but more and more we will be able to accurately take stock of where we currently stand, and of any gains or losses we may not have previously understood the scope of. Even if the news isn’t good, or as good as what we hoped for, clarity is always a beneficial thing to have.
Jupiter in late Leo moves into a sweet, sweet conjunction to Venus retrograde in Leo and both benefic bodies harshly square Saturn in Scorpio exact from August 3-5, though the orb will continue for some time after. This is quite a big deal; very weird and conflicting, with lots of potential yet with varying outcomes. A Jupiter-Venus conjunction is as sweet an astrological aspect as there is, more so this one in sunny, fun Leo. And yet, both Venus and Jupiter in square aspect to Saturn is austere, cold. People will feel good and want to live it up or celebrate in some way, yet Saturn in Scorpio will challenge us to keep it in check, to not let our fun and games get too much in the way of the hard work necessary now. Jupiter-Saturn is famous for not knowing where to push full steam ahead and where to cut back. Venus-Saturn is famous for creating financial upsets and losses, as well as cooling personal relationships. I wrote previously that I think on an individual level self-confidence will be an issue the first week of August. I also think keeping a close eye both on your personal finances and the global markets is a good idea. Overconfidence in such issues may abound as much as lack of confidence. Not the time for risks or gambles, though it will certainly be appealing! Money matters will be glitchy, yet are only hints of bigger shockwaves to come once August is over. I think we will be looking back at this Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo square Saturn in Scorpio for some time. It is rather complicated.
Still, its Leo season, and even the most curmudgeonly of us can find something to smile at. In addition to the lovely Venus-Jupiter conjunction, Mars enters Leo on Saturday, August 8 at 6:32 P.M. CST. Mars was very stressed and crabby in Cancer in July. It is much happier when in fire signs, and will bring some needed rock and roll pizzazz. Venus retrograde in Leo makes a buzzing, dazzling trine to Uranus in Aries at 20 degrees on Wednesday, August 19, exact at 11:44 A.M. Expect random spontaneity of the good kind with this. Look especially for sudden money opportunities (probably small, OK?) and for opportunities to flirt. Feel free to hit on strangers if the fancy takes you. Also joining the party is the New Moon at 21 degrees Leo on Friday, August 14 (covered in depth here.), followed by a buoyant Sun-Jupiter conjunction at 22 degrees the next day. Even though Jupiter leaves Leo for Virgo on Tuesday, August 11 (read about it here) there is still enough Leo to go around. Fun, shiny, child like and a little silly, the Leo energy this first half of August will bring badly needed humor and remind us that there are still some good times to be had even when the going gets rough. And that’s when we need humor and fun the most. While confidence can be rocky the first week of August, we can find stronger self assurance and confidence boosters mid month.
Mercury will leave Leo and enter Virgo on Friday, August 7 at 2:15 P.M. Central Standard Time. This shouldn’t dampen the party, though. Mercury has essential dignity in Virgo, the sign it rules. While it has a tendency to be a little nervous and high strung, Mercury in Virgo brings crisp efficiency to communication and thought processes. Mercury will only be in Virgo a short time, entering Libra on Thursday, August 27 at 10:44 A.M., so make the most of Mercury in Virgo while you can. Get your paperwork in order. Send the emails and make the phone calls you’ve been putting off until a better time. Mercury in Virgo is thoroughly analytical, and words and thoughts are better able to accomplish their goals with this influence. Mercury will conjunct Jupiter exact the day Mercury enters Virgo, blending big ideas with the smaller details necessary to pull it off. Mercury moves into an exact opposition to Neptune in Pisces at 8 degrees on Thursday, August 13. For a few days before and after communication go from smooth to very tricky and unclear. The Mercury in Virgo-Neptune in Pisces opposition will also heighten the nervous, anxious side of this Mercury placement. Conversations will not only be foggy but also agitated and nitpicking.
That should straighten out by the time Mercury trines Pluto in Capricorn on Saturday, August 15 at 2:55 P.M. This is a fantastic time to talk about serious matters without dropping too deep or getting too heavy. Whatever is stressing and worrying you can be aired and find useful feedback. Mercury in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces at 20 degrees on Thursday, August 20, exact at 4:44 A.M. CST. This time period may very well find the soulful sore spots that Mercury trine Pluto handled with care. Conversations and private inner dialogue alternates between sad and soothing. Mercury in Virgo opposing Chiron in Pisces will noticeably affect health and overall constitution, making people more prone to stress and immune related problems. Be gentle with yourself here! On Wednesday, August 26 Mercury in Virgo makes a nice sextile to Saturn in Scorpio at 28 degrees, exact at 11:07 A.M. I like this. Opportune time to assimilate the last minute Saturn in Scorpio themes, finding those final missing puzzle pieces needed to wrap up Saturn in Scorpio. The tension at the beginning of the month from Saturn stationing direct in Scorpio loses its grip with the sextile to Mercury. Easier to dissect and discuss and plan.
The Sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo on Sunday, August 23 at 5:37 A.M. CST, joining Mercury and Jupiter in the sign. Great time to fix up your home or business affairs, and get your health, diet and body in better shape. Tie up as many loose ends as possible. The turbulence we’re in for again in September will offer less time and energy to get our acts together in our day to day lives. The month ends with an odd, eery Full Moon/Supermoon at 6 Pisces on Saturday, August 29 at 1:35 P.M. CST (covered here.) This Pisces Full Moon marks a shift into the choppy astrological happenings for the rest of the year. As much as you can in August, enjoy some sunlight, get outdoors, mingle and find laughter where you can.
UPDATE: I had quite a few people asking me today about breakups and divorces in their personal circles, and noticed that it coincided with several big-name celebrity (Leo theme) couples (so far: Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale, Reba McEntire & Narvel Black stock, who were married for 26 years, the Nicki Minaj thing…) also calling it quits on their relationships. Even the search terms in my Stats included words like “divorce”, “marriage ending”, etc. I did tell y’all way back in this article that not every relationship would survive this Venus retrograde period squaring Saturn in Scorpio, and that breakdowns, if there were to be any, would be happening about now. Saturn in Scorpio turning direct is getting the ball rolling, for better or worse. Only strong, healthy love can survive these transits!
Breathe in deeply, there’s a lot going on with this one. The New Moon at 23 degrees Cancer (the sign the Moon naturally rules) takes place at 8:24 P.M. CST on Wednesday, July 15 and will create a stellium in Cancer. On the same day, Mercury and Mars will move into an exact conjunction at 14 degrees Cancer as well as move into an exact opposition to Pluto retrograde at 14 Capricorn. The New Moon will be in a wide conjunction to the tight Mercury-Mars conjunction and will oppose Pluto as well. Besides the Pluto opposition, the Cancer New Moon will also square Uranus at 20 Aries, bringing back the energy of the Uranus-Pluto squares we thought had ended in March. The New Moon will also be trine to Saturn retrograde in Scorpio, which would normally be considered harmonious except we will be reeling from the effects of the first exact square the previous evening, between Venus in Leo and Saturn Rx in Scorpio. Even a “harmonious” aspect betrays us here.
There’s a lot of really uncomfortable, high strung energy floating through the ether now, and for better or worse this New Moon in Cancer ties it all together. This is a New Moon where you will definitely want to check where everything is hitting your natal chart. The house the New Moon and Cancer stellium fall in may receive the most activity, but do not ignore where the other bodies are transiting and their aspects as everything will be lit up.
Our survival instincts will be heightened by this Cancer New Moon. Not in a primal, fight-or-flight way (that would be Aries) but by increasing our awareness of the need for self preservation and bulking up defense mechanisms. Our homes, families, money, and emotional lives are in need of careful protection and vigilant defense if we are to survive the changes being thrown at us. Fighting challenges head-on may no longer be working. Cancer is a sign that functions better by sidestepping issues or withdrawing from them altogether. This isn’t necessarily a bad trait to have: there exists those situations in life that cannot be directly resolved and pouring valuable energy into them is a total drain. Withdrawal is a natural response to unfulfilling and untenable situations. It is sometimes a matter of survival.
Financial survival is something that will require our serious attention here. The financial downturns and upsets in global stock markets and national debts were no accidents. They are cracks in the façade, correcting our perceptions of money and valuables coinciding with the austerity of the Venus-Saturn square. Cancer is associated with financial fluctuations, and this New Moon/stellium in the sign along with the Venus-Saturn retrograde in Scorpio square and the reawakening of the Uranus-Pluto squares will see money matters shrink rather than swell. Financial cycles and patterns will become evident. Saturn is the planet most closely associated with karma, Cancer ties the past to the present… financial repercussions experienced now are not flukes, they are the end results of past decisions that were likely made on premises that weren’t entirely logical or healthy or even in our best interests. As the sage author of Ecclesiastes wrote, there is a time to every purpose and there will be other times for big risks and gambles, but not here. This is not a time to remain stagnant but caution and discretion are crucial components for change under this sky.
Emotional self preservation is more necessary, though. We must separate our value and self worth from our money and relationships, especially if we’re currently very deficient in both. This is a good time to address the parallels between current financial, romantic and living situations and emotional needs and patterns. It is more arbitrary than usual now to gauge your worth on external status symbols. It will, however, be easier to see where we are running in circles and spinning our wheels, and easier too to change the plot and move in new directions. We will also be more aware than usual of the amount of compassion and support we receive or lack, and how our more intimate associations are either hurting or helping us. Actions can be taken accordingly.
Not everyone that hurts us actually means to, so some sensitivity and even tenderness in handling others will go a long way. You may have a long list of grudges you feel entitled to carry around and call people out on, but if they were unaware they were hurting you, hashing things out may do more harm than good and it will be you inflicting pain rather than the other way around. Arguments are going to be hard to avoid under a New Moon-Mercury-Mars conjunction in Cancer; it isn’t great for moods in the first place and worse for prudent discussion. Old resentments and hurts will surface from our subconscious to allow us to become conscious of them and sort them out. Preventing new resentments and hurts from forming in the process will require skill and strength. Here again, some temporary withdrawal and circumventing may not be such a bad thing.
Our subconsciouses will be in overdrive (dream activity too), and whatever good that may come from this New Moon in Cancer will be a result of allowing our intuitions (sometimes a separate thing from our emotions; remember that!) to take the driver’s seat for a change. Our perceptions are sharp and strong now and are on our side more than we might normally understand. Gut instincts are not so separate from survival instincts.